4Decimi – 2015 – Photo: Angelo Cirrincione
Could you speak about 4Decimi?
This project is linked to my Sicilian origins. When I lived in Palermo to get to the Faculty of Architecture, I always used to walk along a small street with many artisan shops and I was often attracted by the artisan work. Once I graduated, I left for Milan and working for some studios I worked on many projects for companies. The problem with this approach is the loss of one’s identity, because when you work you always risk becoming amalgamated. At one point I felt the need to make a project that really belonged to me. Remembering the little street in Palermo, I went to this small shop where an 85-year-old artisan, a master of metal work, helped me develop this collection. One of the most beautiful things about the project was the possibility of being able to see how this person worked with full awareness of his tools, he could have built his objects with his eyes closed. During this experience I realised that I was interested in simply producing objects that I liked and being free from becoming conditioned.